ASLA Celebrates Major Advocacy Victories in 2015

ASLA’s government affairs team wrapped up 2015 with some major legislative and policy victories on behalf of the profession. ASLA played a critical role in protecting active transportation programs important to landscape architects, including the Transportation Alternatives Program, Recreational Trails, and Safe Routes to School programs. The programs were reauthorized for five years, with increased funding in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which was signed into law on December 4, 2015. The measure also includes the first federal Complete Streets policy, urging states and Metropolitan Planning Organizations to design our nation’s rights-of-way taking into account the use and abilities of all users. 
ASLA also worked with key coalition partners to continue the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a key federal program accessed by landscape architects designing community park projects. ASLA also joined the Pollinator Partnership and became a key player in advancing federal policies that call for vegetation management practices that promote pollinator habitats and forages. And, while there were threats to licensure in some states, ASLA worked with advocates and policy makers to maintain licensure in all 50 states. Read more and download the ASLA Advocacy 2015 Highlights.


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PR Coordinator